Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Frambozen Raspberry Brown AleFrambozen Raspberry Brown Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 11-03-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
869
Reviews:
395
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
13.62%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
58
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Faunland
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beersgud
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bubseymour
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice easy drinking fruity beer. Seems lighter and a tad more watery than the ABV states, but its still a nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stevedore
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, enjoy by 12 April 2015. Served in a snifter glass 2/1/15.

A- Medium dark purple-red body, one finger offwhite head with fair retention time, no lacing, small film and collar. Slightly copper in hue.

S- Raspberry jam, sugary fruit sweetness a bit like a Jolly Rancher. As it warms, the sugar fades into a background of mild milk chocolate sweetness and a bit of cocoa. Nice smelling beer.

F- Slightly astringent raspberry fruitiness with a good bit of earthy, almost herbal bitterness. As in the nose, I get a little bit more chocolate flavours on the back end, more of the darker variety. Slight booze on the backend. Flavour profile seems to be a bit of a mess here; although in the middle of the palate there seems to be a very brief glimpse of what they probably intended this beer to be- chocolate covered raspberries. Then it's gone.

M- Medium bodied, a bit syrupy on the feel, fairly prickly, stinging carbonation that might even be a bit much for my enjoyment of the beer. Bitter herbal earthy finish on the end, a bit of raspberry fruit. Not much chocolate on the finish.

O- Pretty decent, smells great as I would expect from fresh raspberries but the mix on the palate leaves a bit to be desired. Not a bad effort by New Belgium at all, but I think the carbonation and bitterness is a bit too much. I think the raspberry sweetness would otherwise be balanced out by the chocolate, toasted malts of the base brown ale; the earthy, herbal hop additions aren't really necessary.

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Photo of Howlader
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with enjoy by date April 12, 2015 printed on the label. A new one to me from New Belgium,acquired the six pack from the local beer store.

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

A - It pours a semi-clear ruby colored body with about two fingers of bubbly pinkish khaki head. Has an almost cranberry juice sort of appearance.

S - The aroma is pleasant enough - lots of sweetened mild tartness in the vain of a fruit beer, with a very distinguished chocolate malt presence in the background.

T - The taste is well enough for what it is; a nice marriage of semi-tart raspberry and roasty chocolate malts. A slight medicinal edge, but for the most part everything is pretty authentic.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, and easy drinking. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, I'd call it a slightly above average representation of the style, but definitely drinkable and enjoyable. Would have it again if the occasion did arise.

New Belgium Frambozen -----3.5/5

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Amedlin18
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chris77McGrath
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPA1978
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chillwave22
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jancona
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sourdog
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M1A2
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beestin
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hosehead83
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Amber/reddish hue with a decent cap of pink-tinged foam
Aroma-berries and malt
Taste-Rasberry, toasted malt, medium bodied. An interesting take on a holiday brew.

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Photo of kushlash23
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gordonj
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BB1313
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 4/12/15. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a pretty ruby color with a pinkish-white head that fades leaving nice lacing and retention. The aromas are very malty with hints of sweet raspberries. Subtle caramel and cocoa notes, but the raspberries seem to shine. The flavors are sweet, but not overboard. It's not overly tart and it's definitely not sour. The raspberry notes aren't shy. Lots of malts. This beer seems balanced. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's fluffy and creamy despite feeling light at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

This beer is what it is. They advertise a brown ale with raspberries, and this is exactly what that is. It's nothing crazy, but it's solid.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brilliant clarity with ruby highlights. Head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma is tart raspberry dominant, with s slightly sweet, toasted caramel malt and floral hops providing subtle contrast. Becomes a bit medicinal as it warms.

Flavor reveals more tartness initially, with less intense raspberry notes that surface and fade just before the toastednutty malt and light caramel sweetness kick in.

The abv in this one is only detectable by warmth in the belly.

There's a touch of a fake fruit aroma and flavor, but the flavoring is nicely balanced, and I love raspberries. Lacks the depth of flavor of a new glarus, but not a bad brew.

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Photo of runyacm
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of jdw275
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Frambozen Raspberry Brown Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.67 out of 5 based on 869 ratings.
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